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digital bubble dress sewing pattern

digital bubble dress sewing pattern
Price: $13.95
Brand: Oliver + S
Item: OLV-OS003BB
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Elevate the dress to new heights! Fully lined dress has built-in cap sleeves, gathered skirt with scalloped side seams, and elasticized hem for bubble effect. Dress can also be made without scalloped sides.

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digital bubble dress sewing pattern
  • Digital Patterns

    This style is provided as a digital pattern. It may be printed on both home printers (using either 8 1/2" x 11" or A4 paper) and at service bureaus that handle 36" wide sheets. When you complete your order, you will be provided with a unique code to instantly download the pattern. See our digital product policy for full details.

    Printing Information, Sizes Birth-24M:

    • Instructions: 11 pages
    • Tiled pattern pieces: 25 pages
    • 36-inch pattern sheets: 1 page
    • A0 pattern sheets: not available for this pattern

    Printing Information, Sizes 2T-5:

    • Instructions: 11 pages
    • Tiled pattern pieces: 20 pages
    • 36-inch pattern sheets: 1 page
    • A0 pattern sheets: not available for this pattern


    Girl's dress. Fully lined dress has drop-shoulder cap sleeves, gathered skirt with scalloped side seams, and elasticized hem for bubble effect. Dress can also be made without the scalloped sides.

    Skills Used

    Each of our patterns calls on a unique set of sewing skills. Haven't ever done one of these things before? Don't worry. We'll walk you through it, step by step.

    After successfully sewing this pattern, you will have developed the following skills: buttonholes, gathering, and lining.

    Suggested Fabrics

    Designed for light- to medium-weight non-stretch fabrics like cotton broadcloth, batiste or calico, and lightweight linen, denim, chambray, or seersucker.


    Very light-weight non-stretch fabrics like batiste, voile or broadcloth.


    Thread, three 3/8" or 1/2" buttons, one yard of 1/4" elastic.

    bubble dress sewing pattern

    Fabric Guide (fabric width: 44"-45")

    SIZE 0-3M 3-6M 6-12M 12-18M 18-24M
    Dress 5/8 yd 7/8 yd 7/8 yd 7/8 yd 7/8 yd
    Lining 5/8 yd 5/8 yd 5/8 yd 5/8 yd 5/8 yd
    Interfacing 1/8 yd 1/8 yd 1/8 yd 1/8 yd 1/8 yd

    SIZE 2T 3T 4 5
    Dress 1 yd 1 yd 1 yd 1 yd
    Lining 3/4 yd 1 yd 1 yd 1 yd
    Interfacing 1/8 yd 1/8 yd 1/8 yd 1/8 yd

    Finished Measurements

    SIZE 0-3M 3-6M 6-12M 12-18M 18-24M
    Dress Length 16" 16 ½" 17 ½" 18" 18 ¾"
    Chest 19" 20" 21" 22" 23"

    SIZE 2T 3T 4 5
    Dress Length 20 ½" 21 ½" 22 ½" 23 ½"
    Chest 23" 24" 25" 26"


  • English System
    Size Chest
    Birth-3M 17 17 ½ 17 ½ 17-23 7-12
    3-6M 18 18 ½ 18 ½ 23-27 12-17
    6-12M 19 19 ½ 19 ½ 27-29 17-22
    12-18M 19 ¾ 20 ½ 20 ½ 29-31 22-27
    18-24M 20 ½ 21 21 31-33 27-30
    2T 21 21 22 33-36 30-33
    3T 21 ½ 21 23 36-39 33-36
    4 22 ½ 21 ½ 24 39-42 36-39
    5 23 ½ 22 25 ½ 42-45 39-44


    Metric System
    Size Chest
    Birth-3M 43 43 43 43-58 3-5
    3-6M 46 46 46 58-69 5-8
    6-12M 48 50 50 69-74 8-10
    12-18M 50 52 51 74-79 10-12
    18-24M 52 53 56 79-84 12-14
    2T 53 53 56 84-91 14-15
    3T 55 53 58 91-99 15-16
    4 57 55 61 99-107 16-18
    5 60 56 65 107-114 18-20


  • Average rating: (5 of 5) based on 15 reviews

    Reviewed by Kat ( Verified Buyer) on 03/09/2022
    I was a 90’s bridesmaid in a bubble dress, which made me fear this pattern. But I was also curious and decided to give it a try. I had a gingham with ladybugs for my granddaughter that I wasn’t too sure about. Perfect - I decided to make a test dress. This dress is so cute! The pattern went together easily. The poof is sweet, the scallops adorable. The 6-12 fit my 10 month old granddaughter perfectly. I will be making more for sure.
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      Simple, Beautiful Dress
    Reviewed by Bethany Gardner ( Verified Buyer) on 03/21/2016
    I have bought several PDF patterns, but this was my first Oliver + S purchase. I was pleasantly surprised at how easily the dress came together, and how quickly- it makes a perfect Easter dress for my 2 year old toddler. Will definitely sew this dress again, as well as consider other Oliver + S patterns in the future.
    1 of 1 customers found this helpful.
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      Loved it!
    Reviewed by Heather on 02/18/2016
    I haven't sewn anything in a very long time, and this project was perfect for jumpstarting me back into it! I loved it!!
    2 of 2 customers found this helpful.
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      Love love love!
    Reviewed by Jamey D'alleinne ( Verified Buyer) on 01/01/2016
    I made this pattern a few years ago and knew I wanted to make it again for my niece to wear on her first Christmas. It came out beautiful. It's hard to get the scallops in pictures but they came out sew pretty 😊
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      Bubble dress
    Reviewed by Debby ( Verified Buyer) on 10/17/2015
    I love this pattern!! Second time I've ordered it! I have made it as a dress and top for my granddaughter!!! I've put zipper or buttons in back and button up the front! A different look each time but so darling. I have not done the bubble just made it straight
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      Great little dress
    Reviewed by Gaia ( Verified Buyer) on 07/26/2015
    I knew I would like the dress, so it's no surprise that I actually love it and my little girl loves it as well. It came together pretty quicky even if I had to hand-sew the bodice to the gown after having tried 3 times with the sewing machine and different feet... it just wasn't working, especially as I wanted to insert some piping. I've already got some other version to try!
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      Bubble Fun
    Reviewed by Carol Evans ( Verified Buyer) on 07/18/2015
    I have now made three of these dresses! It is really fun to sew. Since it is lined, there are no exposed seams, giving this a very professional look. The instructions are very clear. For extra help, I also followed the sew-along on The oliver + s blog.
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      Bubble dress
    Reviewed by Jill Spackman ( Verified Buyer) on 06/14/2015
    This was very fun to make. I took it to work to show it off and everyone thought I bought it. Shhh, I didn't let on how easy it was. I used a light seersucker fabric. Will be making another soon.
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      Why have I waited so long??
    Reviewed by Linda Madson on 02/12/2015
    Why have I waited to so long to make this adorable dress. A birth of a new granddaughter spurred me on to make this beautiful pattern. Easy to follow, simple to sew and an amazing outcome; this dress is sure to become a wardrobe staple.
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      Great pattern. Used for baptism dress.
    Reviewed by Betsy on 02/05/2015
    I used this pattern to make a baptism dress for a friends daughter and it turned out beautifully!
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      Surprise success
    Reviewed by Lydia on 11/12/2014
    Surprising myself totally I have just completed this gorgeous little bubble dress. Yes, fully lined too. The instructions are so clear and straightforward that I was able to follow them carefully and hey presto I made the dress! My sewing skills are fairly basic but now I am excited about advancing on to something else.
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      So IN LOVE with this pattern.
    Reviewed by Lynette on 11/04/2014
    I have made 5 dresses from this pattern and it's stunning! I love the sleeves and it sits so perfectly on my 5yr old and 1 yr old. I love the sleeves because it's perfect for a hot summer where the shoulders are not burnt yet the child isn't feeling too hot. Such a pretty party dress too and other mums at the parties have commented that its such a nice dress kids can play so freely and yet look stunning. Because this dress is lined, it looks as good a store bought dress. I was very wary of PDF patterns but Oliver +S has done it so clearly that it's so easy to follow... especially when I have never taken a dress making class before. Thank you!
    3 of 3 customers found this helpful.
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      Who doesn't like a Bubble (dress)?
    Reviewed by Nicole on 09/17/2013
    Its completely adorable! From the delicious 'bubble' of the skirt to the dear little cap sleeves. The sweet semi-empire line to the ingenious back placket it is the perfect bundle of cute and clever design. I blogged a step-by-step tute if you would like a peep http://fiveandcounting-motherof5.blogspot.com.au/2011/01/bubbles-for-little-one.html Personally, the scalloped view is my favourite http://www.flickr.com/photos/motherof5/5399906341/in/set-72157625616566618 how cute is that? But if you prefer a more delicate look it sews up just as nicely in a dainty floral http://www.flickr.com/photos/motherof5/7087117417/in/set-72157625616566618 The yoke is simply begging to be trimmed http://www.flickr.com/photos/motherof5/5399905985/in/set-72157625616566618 and being fully lined it is as lovely on the inside as out. Go on, make a Bubble dress, you know you want to!
    2 of 2 customers found this helpful.
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      Professional finish
    Reviewed by Brittney on 07/28/2013
    Love this dress! I recently made coordinating bubble dresses for my twins birthdays, such a sweet result! It is a quick sew, with such a great, professional looking finish due to it being fully lined.
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      Adorable dress, quick sew!
    Reviewed by Masha on 07/03/2013
    I was so surprised at how quickly this dress came together despite being fully lined. It is beautifully finished on the inside as well as on the outside, and is an adorable dress for a little girl. The bodice is a little roomy compared to ready-to-wear sizes; I could have sized down one size if I had really wanted to, but it still looks good - and she'll be able to wear it next year, too!
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  • Errata

    Please note that this error has been corrected in the digital version of this pattern. This note applies only to the first printed version of the pattern.

    1. The first printed version of this pattern contained a small error. Piece #2, the Back Bodice, was missing a dot. The dot should be aligned with the second notch and located 1/2" from the lower edge.



    Determining Which Printing You Have

    As errata are discovered, they are marked for correction in subsequent printings of the pattern. To determine which printing of an instruction sheet or pattern sheet you have, look at the copyright box which appears on each. Toward the bottom of the box, there is a series of numbers.

    The lowest number you see there indicates which printing you have. For example, if the lowest number in the box on the instruction sheet is "2," you have an instruction sheet from the second printing. Any errors in the instructions mentioned for the first printing have been corrected in your version. If the lowest number in the box on the pattern sheet is "1," you have a copy of the pattern sheet from the first printing.

    Pattern sheets and instructions sheets can be printed separately, so be sure to check the errata notices for pattern pieces against the printing number on the pattern sheet and errata notices for instructions against the printing number on the instruction sheet.


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